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18 May 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 18 May 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • Soldiers storm terrorist safe house MNF-I/MNC-I 18 May 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers stormed through terrorist safe houses in west and north Baghdad May 16, conducting four early morning raids and capturing 10 terror suspects.
  • Coalition, Iraq Cooperation Foiling Insurgents AFPS 18 May 2005 -- Progress in capturing suspected terrorists and foiling their operations continues, with Iraqi security forces playing an increasing role and Iraqi citizens coming forward with valuable intelligence, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.
  • Hard-Working Mechanics Keep Apaches Flying High in Iraq AFPS 18 May 2005 -- Most Americans are familiar with Rosie the Riveter, the World War II-era image of a woman in blue overalls, rolling up her sleeve, flexing her bicep, and exclaiming, "We can do it!"
  • Italian patrol finds weapons cache MNF-I/MNC-I 18 May 2005 -- An Italian Joint Task Force patrol discovered a weapons cache in the vicinity of Sooq Ash Shuyookh, Dhi Qar Province May 17.
  • 403rd Civil Affairs gunners protect convoys MNF-I/MNC-I 18 May 2005 -- Three HMMWVs cruise slowly down a city street, the turret gunners scanning the area for threats.
  • M-1A1 Abrams tank rolls over insurgency in Iraq USMC News 18 May 2005 -- As the Global War on Terrorism progresses, the Marine Corps continues to use an intimidating pieces of machinery on the ground .the M-1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank.
  • Operation Matador bulls through insurgency in Western USMC News 18 May 2005 -- Marines, Sailors and Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team-2, 2d Marine Division successfully completed Operation Matador today, concluding a seven-day operation securing objectives in and around the Euphrates River cities of Karabilah, Ramana and Ubaydi, near the Syrian border.
  • 3/4 evaluates Iraqi Army performance USMC News 18 May 2005 -- A recent operation conducted by soldiers of the Iraqi Army and Marines of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, served a dual purpose for the joint force.
  • 3/4, Iraqi forces operate side-by-side in Fallujah USMC News 18 May 2005 -- The execution of Operation Block Party II was similar to past operations conducted here, but the planning and deployment of troops was a little different.
  • Mobile Security Detachment 25 Deploys Navy NewsStand 18 May 2005 -- Eighty members from Mobile Security Detachment (MSD) 25 boarded a plane May 15 for a six-month deployment to the Middle East.
  • Female gunners protect Iraq convoys Army News 18 May 2005 -- Three Humvees cruised slowly down a Baghdad street, and disinterested neighborhood residents merely glanced at them, until one of the turret gunners abruptly shouted and gestured. Immediately heads snapped around and jaws dropped when the residents heard the sound of female voices and noticed the feminine features of the Soldiers behind the machine guns.

  • Afghanistan Raid Nets Three Insurgents, Leaves One Afghan Dead AFPS 18 May 2005 -- A raid by Afghan and coalition forces May 16 resulted in the capture of three insurgents suspected of using improvised explosive devices near Khowst, Afghanistan, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported in a news release today.
  • Afghanistan: Kidnappers Present Demands For Italian Aid Worker RFE/RL 18 May 2005 -- A man claiming to be one of the kidnappers of an Italian aid worker in Afghanistan has spelled out demands for her release in a phone call to RFE/RL. The demands suggest the kidnappers are Islamic fundamentalists.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Media Availability Preceding Senate Operations/Intelligence Briefing 18 May 2005 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers, and Commander, U.S. Central Command, Gen. John Abizaid
  • BRAC 2005: Army Looks to Help Reshape Total Force AFPS 18 May 2005 -- The U.S. Army looks on the base realignment and closure process as a chance to reshape the total force, Army Secretary Francis Harvey told the BRAC commission today.
  • Networkcentric Warfare Makes Warfighting More Efficient AFPS 18 May 2005 -- Networkcentric warfare streamlines the warfighting process at the operational level, the director of global operations for U.S. Strategic Command said at a conference here May 17.
  • ARMY UPDATES DETAINEE OPERATIONS INFORMATION Army News Release 18 May 2005 -- The Army continued its effort to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing documents today pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
  • Air Force launches 'AF eMail' AFPN 18 May 2005 -- The Air Force began the first phase of a new e-mail system May 6 that will enhance communication of Airmen worldwide.
  • BRAC commission hears how Army realignment will build future force Army News 18 May 2005 -- The planned closures of many Army Reserve and National Guard centers and several military installations, and the return of units from overseas were among the primary concerns expressed when Army officials testified before the Base Realignment and Closure Commission May 18.
  • USS Carney Big Success in Black Sea Engagements Navy NewsStand 18 May 2005 -- Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) did their part to advance regional maritime security by completing a series of Black Sea engagement evolutions May 11.
  • CTF 43 Serves as Key in SOUTHCOM Logistics Navy NewsStand 18 May 2005 -- From people to parts and supplies, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 43 is the logistic hub for every U.S. naval ship and aircraft in the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) area of responsibility (AOR), an area spanning 15.6 million square miles.
  • Navy Knowledge Online Announces Improvements Navy NewsStand 18 May 2005 -- Navy Knowledge Online (NKO), the Navy's premier interactive education and training tool for Sea Warriors, is moving into another phase of service to the fleet.
  • Seabees' Kedge Hammer Comes to West Coast Navy NewsStand 18 May 2005 -- Seabees from the 3rd Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) set up camp at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., in late April for Kedge Hammer '05, a command post exercise (CPX) designed to test the capacity and capabilities of Regiment staff to plan and execute operations.
  • USS Cape St. George Quartermasters Put Paper Charts Aside Navy NewsStand 18 May 2005 -- USS Cape St. George (CG 71) is expected to be certified in the Electronic Charting Display and Information System - Navy (ECDIS-N) in May, becoming the fleet's first ECDIS-N-certified surface ship.
  • GW Sailors Work on Warfare Quals Navy NewsStand 18 May 2005 -- USS George Washington (GW) (CVN 73) Sailors are making the most of the ship's Docked Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA) in 2005 by participating in Enlisted Surface and Air Warfare programs.
  • MAG-29 focuses on combat leadership USMC News 18 May 2005 -- Field grade officers and top enlisted personnel in Marine Aircraft Group-29 were given a professional military education class on combat leadership at the Station Officer's Club on May 6.
  • 22nd MEU, NASSAU Strike Group refine planning skills USMC News 18 May 2005 -- Marines and Sailors with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit and NASSAU Strike Group completed a week of training here under the tutelage of Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Atlantic (EWTGLANT).

  • Pakistan negotiating modalities for F-16s purchase from US IRNA 18 May 2005 -- Pakistan is discussing modalities and number of F-16 fighter jets to be purchased from the United States, a military official told IRNA.

  • White House Daily Briefing, May 18 Washington File 18 May 2005 -- Bush/Egyptian Prime Minister meeting, Georgia/grenade incident, Uzbekistan, space policy/weaponizing space, the Fed/Chairman Greenspan, Newsweek, judicial nominees/nuclear option effect, stem cell legislation, Cuban exile/Luis Carriles, Negroponte/chief intelligence briefer

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • WHO Says Angola's Marburg Outbreak Slowly Coming Under Control VOA 18 May 2005 -- The Angolan representative of the World Health Organization has told VOA the outbreak of the Marburg virus in that country is slowly coming under control.

  • British Foreign Secretary Calls for International Inquiry into Uzbekistan Violence VOA 18 May 2005 -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is calling for an independent, international investigation into the outbreak of violence that occurred last Friday in the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan and that may have left hundreds dead.
  • Uzbekistan: Is Karimov Stronger Or Weaker After Crackdown RFE/RL 18 May 2005 -- People are still burying their dead in Uzbekistan after a bloody crackdown on protesters last week in the eastern town of Andijon.
  • Uzbek Officials Blame Terrorists For Recent Violence RFE/RL 18 May 2005 -- A group of foreign diplomats has arrived in Uzbekistan's Ferghana Valley to investigate last week's violence, in which Uzbek opposition leaders say nearly 750 died.
  • US Urges Credible, Transparent, Probe of Uzbek Violence VOA 18 May 2005 -- The United States Wednesday urged a credible and transparent investigation of the violent unrest in Uzbekistan late last week that may have left hundreds of people dead. The State Department said it is becoming apparent that Uzbek security forces used indiscriminate force against civilian protesters in the city of Andijan.
  • Diplomats Assess Aftermath of Violence in Uzbekistan VOA 18 May 2005 -- Authorities in Uzbekistan flew a group of foreign diplomats and journalists to the town of Andijan, where violent unrest may have left hundreds of people dead. But the two-hour visit provided few answers about how many died or exactly what happened.

  • Grenade Thrown at Bush Appearance was Live VOA 18 May 2005 -- U.S. Security officials say a grenade thrown toward President Bush during a speech in the former Soviet republic of Georgia last week only failed to explode because it malfunctioned.

  • United States To Devote $907 Million to Tsunami Reconstruction Washington File 18 May 2005 -- The United States will be devoting $907 million to tsunami reconstruction efforts in South and Southeast Asia, with funds going to rebuild critical infrastructure, support local businesses and help establish a tsunami early warning system, according to U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jeffrey Lunstead.
  • Indonesia Drops Emergency Rule in Tsunami-Hit Aceh VOA 18 May 2005 -- After two years of emergency rule designed to counter a long separatist insurgency, the Indonesian government has decided to allow the tsunami-hit province of Aceh to return to normal rule. The government says the move is a goodwill gesture in peace negotiations with the rebels and that it will make it easier to provide aid to the hundreds of thousands of victims of the December 26th earthquake and tsunami.

  • B-SAT AWARDS LOCKHEED MARTIN CONTRACT FOR A2100 SMALL-CLASS SATELLITE Lockheed Martin 18 May 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has signed a contract with the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) of Japan to build its next geostationary telecommunications satellite. Designated BSAT-3a, the 1.8-kW satellite will provide direct broadcast services throughout Japan following its scheduled launch the second quarter of 2007. Contract terms were not disclosed. B-SAT previously issued an authorization to proceed to Lockheed Martin for start of satellite design and construction.

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